IPL 2020 KKR vs KXIP Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders is set to play the 46th match of IPL 2020 against Kings XI Punjab. KXIP is in need to win the match in order o secure the 4th spot on the IPL 2020 points table.
While KKR is in pressure to win the match in order to stay in the 4th position of the points table.
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) vs Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Toss Details: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opt to field
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KL Rahul | KXIP Skipper
We will bowl first. Just want to chase, like to see a target on the board, and pace our innings accordingly. We have seen that in the last 3-4 games, hopefully, the dew factor favours us in the second innings.
Winning gives a lot of confidence to the group, you see a lot more people smiling, it makes them keep performing better and better. The mood in the camp has always been good but obviously getting a few wins under the belt helps as well.
The back-room staff has been phenomenal right from even the tournament started. No changes to our team.
Eoin Morgan | KKR Skipper
We would have bowled as well, pretty much for the same reasons. There’s a bit of dew. We produced our best performance against DC, played the way we wanted to play.
Our fate is still in our hands, that’s good. We have depended a lot on match-ups, it works at times, it doesn’t at times. Andre Russell is unfortunately still not fit, so the same team.
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
KKR vs KXIP Highlights
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) Batting
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana get in to lead KKR. Maxwell opens the attack against KKR. Rana dismissed off the first ball he faced from Maxwell and walks to Pavillion. Mohammed Shami in his first over lands KKR in trouble by dismissing Tripathi and Dinesh Karthik.
KKR lands in trouble after losing three wickets in two overs. Eoin Morgan and Gill is in pressure to build a much-needed partnership. And pumps KKR to score 54 runs for 3 wicket loss at the end of the powerplay.
KXIP is in need to break the settled partnership in order to change the game flow. Ravi Bishnoi took Morgan’s wicket and provided the much-needed breakthrough. Jordan dismissed the dangerous Narine before scoring any massive runs.
Shami put an end to Gill’s wonderful innings by dismissing him for 57 runs. Jordan with an excellent final over restrict KKR to score 149 runs for 9 wicket loss.
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) Batting
KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh get into lead KXIP. Cummins opens the attack. KKR is in need to take early wickets in order to increase the winning chances. KXIP struggles to add good runs in th powerplay as KKR bowlers restrict KXIP batsmen to score only 36 runs at the end of the powerplay. Though KKR restricts KXIP score they fail to take the wickets and let KXIP to build the partnership.
Chakravarthy in his second over took the much-needed wicket for KKr by dismissing KL Rahul for 28 runs. Universal Boss Gayle gets in to join hands with Mandeep Singh. Mandeep Singh’s half-century along with Gayle’s 25 balls fifty pushed KXIP to a better position.
Though Gayle loses his wicket in the 19th over Mandeep and Pooran makes the winning run partnership and makes KXIP to register their sixth victory. Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets.
Watch KKR vs KXIP highlights
Man of the match
Chris Gayle | KXIP
I have been doing some off the field training with the trainer when I wasn’t playing. I am feeling good, hitting the gym (laughs). You have that good feeling about yourself and about the team, capitalizing on it as much as possible. We are happy now, but still a long way to go. It was important to assess the conditions as quickly as possible.
They had two very good spinners, it was about making the adjustment as quickly as possible. Once you get the first boundary going, I was always going to get into the zone. Tried to hit as straight as possible and it paid off for me today which was very good and it eased the pressure off Mandeep. He batted superbly and it was a great partnership.
Sunil has got me out so many times. He’s the best spinner in the world. When you get Sunil Narine on a pitch where it’s not turning that much, you got to make the best use of it and that’s what I did today. I could actually take chances off him because the wicket wasn’t suitable for him. I cashed in on that.
The last game, we told that we wanted to win it for him (Mandeep). It’s so beautiful for him to stand out today, look up to the sky, his dad his watching him, really happy for him. And my dad, I love you too. We needed some sort of momentum to get that will power and the feeling that we can do it.
Today the coach asked the senior players to step up and win games for the team. Glad that myself and Mandeep put our hands up. The youngsters in the team are saying ‘Don’t retire.’ That was Mandeep.